Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 20, 2014

On June 20, the Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program begins its third iteration with a new cohort of 20 NEXUS scholars who will engage in multidisciplinary, team-based research on climate change and adaptation strategies in the Western Hemisphere. Jointly funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Brazilian Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Studies (CAPES), Fulbright NEXUS provides a platform for scholars from across the region to engage in collaborative thinking, problem-solving, and research on important issues of shared priority.

Selected scholars will spend two years researching and implementing projects related to public policy at the local, national, and regional levels to improve the quality of life for communities across the Western Hemisphere. Fulbright NEXUS scholars are expected to work with governments, NGOs, businesses, and communities to inform their research. By strengthening educational exchange in the region, the Fulbright NEXUS program contributes to President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative which aims to promote cooperation and prosperity in the Americas through expansion of international student exchange programs in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.

The project will be led by Dr. Daniel Kammen, a professor and founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, and Dr. Sergio Pacca, professor and director of the Research Group on Carbon Emissions Policy and Regulation (NUPPREC-USP) at the University of São Paulo, in Brazil.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants from more than 160 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright Program is the 2014 recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation.

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